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Publication Date: 2016-10-30

Design Insights

10 Drapery Design Ideas from Top Designers

Well-thought drapery creates an exquisite backdrop for an interior and is one design element that greatly contributes to the final look and feel of the space. Here, we’ve selected 10 rooms from some of our favorite homes that showcase the creative ways that top designers use drapery to accomplish a high-design look.

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1. A Sense of Ambiance

In the dining room of this condominium in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, design firm Vincere used Holly Hunt’s Great Plains window sheers to bring a soft glow to the space and create a neutral backdrop for the room’s Asian inspired elements. See more of the home here>

2. Carefully Considered Detail

Brooklyn-based Lisa Kanning of design firm LKID framed the beautiful views in the dining room of this Big Sky, Montana, vacation home with simple, natural accents, choosing Hartmann & Forbes' woven window shades and ombre drapery by Rosemary Hallgarten to add a layer of luxury without distraction. See more of the home here>

3. Color Inspiration

Designer Ken Gemes created the living room of his 1920's Bronxville, New York, home around the fabric that he chose for the window treatments—a subtle hand-block printed linen from Tyler Graphics featuring shades of taupe and a smoky blue ground. See more of the home here>

4. Soft Comfort

In the breakfast area of this Ontario home, designers Elizabeth Metcalfe and Nicole Webster of Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors & Design Inc create a intimate, elegant space by lining the floor-to-ceiling windows with sheer linen drapery from Kravet that allows sunlight to softly filter in. See more of the home here>

5. Geometric Design

For this new penthouse apartment in Chicago's River North neighborhood, design firm Lewis Giannoulias Interiors created a masculine look in the master bedroom, perfect for the home’s bachelor owner, with graphic drapery fabric from Larsen Marlon. A boiled wool rug from Oscar Isberian and grasscloth wall covering from Phillip Jeffries add depth and comfort to the space. See more of the home here>

6. Focus on Functionality

To allow the living room in this new Carpinteria, California, home to double as a media room, design firm Lafia/Arvin, A Design Corporation, chose floor-to-ceiling motorized drapery to make the transition to movie viewing seamless. See more of the home here>

7. Textural Balance

For this master bedroom in an apartment located on "The World," the largest private residential cruise ship sailing today, designer Jeanette Hubley brought a softer feel to the glamorous space with sheer linen drapery that allows light in and plays off the textured Phillip Jeffries rivet wall covering. See more of the home here>

8. Unique Display for Art

In the dining room of this Illinois home, Jennifer Kranitz of Chicago-based firm PROjECT used silk drapery as the backdrop to a pair of African portraits, allowing the subtle shimmer of the fabric to create a contrast with the chains used to hang the artwork and balance the drama of the Mongolian fur ladder back dining chairs and Oly bubble chandelier. See more of the home here>

9. Creative Placement

In the living room of this contemporary vacation home in Park City, Utah, designer Susan Brunstrum of Sweet Peas Design placed the color blocked panel drapery above the window framework to draw attention up to the vaulted ceiling, increasing the sense of space. The panel drapery and roman valances frame the home's views and continue the color palette used throughout the open living area. See more of the home here>

10. Maximum Drama

Designer Gil Walsh used scalloped valances and drapes to create a rich look in the living room of this stately three-story Georgian home, choosing fabrics with colors of cocoa, burgundy and teal to echo the Oriental carpet, which was the foundation of the room's design. See more of the home here>

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